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Federal Travel Regulation; Relocation Income Tax Allowance Tax Tables (2004 Update)

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AGENCY:

Office of Governmentwide Policy, General Services Administration (GSA).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Federal, State, and Puerto Rico tax tables for calculating the relocation income tax (RIT) allowance must be updated yearly to reflect changes in Federal, State, and Puerto Rico income tax brackets and rates. The Federal, State, and Puerto Rico tax tables contained in this rule are for calculating the 2004 RIT allowance to be paid to relocating Federal employees.

DATES:

Effective Date: January 1, 2004.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

The Regulatory Secretariat, Room 4035, GS Building, Washington, DC, 20405, (202) 208-7312, for information pertaining to status or publication schedules. For clarification of content, contact Sallie Sherertz, Office of Governmentwide Policy, Travel Management Policy, at (202) 219-3455. Please cite FTR Amendment 2004-01, FTR case 2004-301.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

Section 5724b of Title 5, United States Code, provides for reimbursement of substantially all Federal, State, and local income taxes incurred by a transferred Federal employee on taxable moving expense reimbursements. Policies and procedures for the calculation and payment of a RIT allowance are contained in the Federal Travel Regulation (41 CFR part 302-17). The Federal, State, and Puerto Rico tax tables for calculating RIT allowance payments are updated yearly to reflect changes in Federal, State, and Puerto Rico income tax brackets and rates.

B. Executive Order 12866

This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not subject to review under Section 6(b) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, dated September 30, 1993. This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804.

C. Regulatory Flexibility Act

This final rule is not required to be published in the Federal Register for notice and comment; therefore, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., does not apply.

D. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the changes to the FTR do not impose recordkeeping or information collection requirements, or the collection of information from offerors, contractors, or members of the public that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.

E. Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act

This final rule is also exempt from congressional review prescribed under 5 U.S.C. 801 since it relates solely to agency management and personnel.

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List of Subjects in 41 CFR Part 302-17

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Dated: February 27, 2004.

Stephen A. Perry,

Administrator of General Services.

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, under

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Chapter 302 Relocation Allowances

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PART 302-17—RELOCATION INCOME TAX (RIT) ALLOWANCE

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1. The authority citation for

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 5738; 20 U.S.C. 905(a); E.O. 11609, 36 FR 13747, 3 CFR, 1971-1975 Comp., p. 586.

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2. Revise Appendixes A, B, and C to part 302-17 to read as follows:

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Appendix A to Part 302-17—Federal Tax Tables for RIT Allowance

Federal Marginal Tax Rates by Earned Income Level and Filing Status—Tax Year 2003

The following table is to be used to determine the Federal marginal tax rate for Year 1 for computation of the RIT allowance as prescribed in § 302-17.8(e)(1). This table is to be used for employees whose Year 1 occurred during calendar year 2003.

Marginal tax rateSingle taxpayerHeads of householdMarried filing jointly/qualifying widows & widowersMarried filing separately
PercentOverBut not overOverBut not overOverBut not overOverBut not over
10$8,274$14,314$15,005$25,136$20,977$32,559$10,958$16,536
1514,31437,77125,13654,71232,55969,72216,53634,507
2737,77181,89054,712122,78869,722142,84234,50770,442
3081,890162,802122,788193,703142,842206,67570,442107,631
35162,802334,763193,703350,138206,675343,919107,631181,753
38.6334,763350,138343,919181,753

Appendix B to Part 302-17—State Tax Tables For RIT Allowance

State Marginal Tax Rates by Earned Income Level—Tax Year 2003

The following table is to be used to determine the State marginal tax rates for calculation of the RIT allowance as prescribed in § 302-17.8(e)(2). This table is to be used for employees who received covered taxable reimbursements during calendar year 2003. Start Printed Page 12080

Marginal Tax Rates (Stated in Percents) For the Earned Income Amounts Specified in Each Column.1,2

State (or district)$20,000-$24,999$25,000-$49,999$50,000-$74,9993 $75,000 & over
Alabama5555
Alaska0000
Arizona3.203.744.725.04
Arkansas6777
California2489.3
If single status 4689.39.3
Colorado4.634.634.634.63
Connecticut5555
Delaware5.25.555.955.95
District of Columbia7.59.39.39.3
Florida0000
Georgia6666
Hawaii6.47.68.258.25
If single status 47.68.258.258.25
Idaho7.47.87.87.8
Illinois3333
Indiana3.43.43.43.4
Iowa6.487.928.988.98
Kansas3.56.256.456.45
If single status 46.256.456.456.45
Kentucky6666
Louisiana4666
Maine78.58.58.5
If single status 48.58.58.58.5
Maryland4444
Massachusetts5.35.35.35.3
Michigan4444
Minnesota5.357.057.057.05
If single status 47.057.057.857.85
Mississippi5555
Missouri6666
Montana791010
Nebraska3.575.126.846.84
If single status 45.126.846.846.84
Nevada0000
New Hampshire0000
New Jersey1.751.752.453.5
If single status 41.753.55.5256.37
New Mexico4.767.17.7
If single status 467.17.77.7
New York5.255.96.856.85
If single status 46.856.856.856.85
North Carolina7777
North Dakota2.12.13.923.92
If single status 42.12.13.924.34
Ohio4.4574.4575.2015.201
Oklahoma7777
Oregon9999
Pennsylvania2.82.82.82.8
Rhode Island 525252525
South Carolina7777
South Dakota0000
Tennessee0000
Texas0000
Utah7777
Vermont 63.63.67.28.5
If single status 43.67.27.28.5
Virginia5.755.755.755.75
Washington0000
West Virginia44.566.5
Wisconsin6.56.56.56.5
Wyoming0000
1 Earned income amounts that fall between the income brackets shown in this table (e.g., $24,999.45, $49,999.75) should be rounded to the nearest dollar to determine the marginal tax rate to be used in calculating the RIT allowance.
2 If the earned income amount is less than the lowest income bracket shown in this table, the employing agency shall establish an appropriate marginal tax rate as provided in § 302-17.8(e)(2)(ii).
3 This is an estimate. For earnings over $100,000, please consult actual tax tables.
4 This rate applies only to those individuals certifying that they will file under a single status within the States where they will pay income taxes. All other taxpayers, regardless of filing status, will use the other rate shown.
5 The income tax rate for Rhode Island is 25 percent of Federal income tax liability for all employees. Rates shown as a percent of Federal income tax liability must be converted to a percent of income as provided in § 302-17.8(e)(2)(iii). Start Printed Page 12081
6 The income tax rate for Vermont is 24 percent of Federal income tax liability for all employees. Rates shown as a percent of Federal income tax liability must be converted to a percent of income as provided in § 302-17.8(e)(2)(iii).

Appendix C to Part 302-17—Federal Tax Tables For RIT Allowance-Year 2

Federal Marginal Tax Rates by Earned Income Level and Filing Status—Tax Year 2004

The following table is to be used to determine the Federal marginal tax rate for Year 2 for computation of the RIT allowance as prescribed in § 302-17.8(e)(1). This table is to be used for employees whose Year 1 occurred during calendar years 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, or 2003.

Marginal tax rateSingle taxpayerHeads of householdMarried filing jointly/qualifying widows & widowersMarried filing separately
PercentOverBut not overOverBut not overOverBut not overOverBut not over
10$8,486$15,852$15,539$25,991$22,763$36,688$10,614$17,891
1515,85239,09325,99156,66836,68882,62517,89141,386
2539,09384,08156,668123,62982,625147,43941,38674,492
2884,081166,123123,629193,801147,439212,15874,492108,134
33166,123341,553193,801354,536212,158352,775108,134179,237
35341,553354,536352,775179,237
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3. Amend the heading of Appendix D to part 302-17 by removing “2002” and adding “2003” in its place.

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[FR Doc. 04-5715 Filed 3-12-04; 8:45 am]

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